Friday, January 26, 2007


I love how Google is taking over the world and now I had to switch my Blogger account to Google cause they forced me to. I'm so mad right now . . .

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

A Day of George

I tried posting this last night with no success . . .

My first George item relates to the newest radio station, George 104. It took over WGMS 104.1 (which moved to WETA 90.9), claiming to play music from the "70s and 80s and whatever we want." I took a listen today and was really impressed. One minute I heard a live version of "My Maria" by Brooks & Dunn, the next "Funky Cold Medina" by Ton Loc. Gotta admit, that's some variety.

My second item is a commentary on the State of the Union Address tonight. Was it me, or were there significantly less standing ovations than usual? I typically don't watch the address cause it pisses me off that people stand up and kiss butt every 5 minutes, but there definitely seemed to be a different mood this time around. It just cracked me up how most of the standing ovations seemed to be coming from only one side of the room. Other highlights for me: I loved the plethora of really bad ties, seeing Cheney sneak a mint or piece of gum, and Condi's really stern expression during her close-up. I also loved how George seemed to have no real grasp of the material he was talking about. But maybe that's just me.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Beer for Dogs

After a hard day of . . . well, lying around being a dog . . . your dog can now join you in having a beer after your hard day's work. Unfortunately, the beer is nonalcoholic, but apparently fit for human consumption. Leave it to someone in the Netherlands to brew this up.

Thanks to Jeffro for the tip.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Leggings for Men?

According to this article, leggings are the next big thing in fashion for men. As if they're not terrible enough on women, what man in his right mind would leave the house looking like this, unless he was going biking or performing in a ballet?

Friday, January 19, 2007

Wake Up Laughing

. . . is the title of Martina McBride's next album, due out April 3. I'm sure I'll buy it the minute it's out, since it's her first "real" release in a while. Her last album was a compilation of old-time songs. Unfortunately, though, according to this Billboard article, she's not coming to DC on her next big tour. Maybe I'll buy tickets to the Richmond show and go visit and drag along my friend BadHairDos.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Obsessed with Idol

Last night marked the true beginning of winter for me--the premier of the 6th season of American Idol. With the cold weather (finally), it's time to hunker down and give in to the national obsession. It's the only thing that makes winter worthwhile. And now, I have exactly 45 minutes to finish some much-needed vacuuming before the craziness begins for a second night this week.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Cake Love in the Neighborhood

I just discovered local food blog Metrocurean. According to this and Warren Brown's blog, Cake Love will be opening this spring in Shirlington! I am so excited, even though this will mean every other bakery in the area will probably go out of business.

Here's what's going on this manic-depressive rainy long weekend. Tonight: ordering in Chinese and watching a movie. Tomorrow: funeral in PA for a friend of Jeffro. It's very sad, he was very young and is leaving behind a 6-year-old child. Sunday: dinner at Carlyle, my favorite restaurant, with a friend. Monday I hope to go shopping and use some gift cards I got for Christmas.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

The Perfect Food?

I made a Target run today during work, because at my new job I have a car and I have an hour for lunch so I can run errands like this, and discovered what could have been the perfect food: chocolate flavored Bubble Yum. I adore gum and I adore chocolate, so I thought "what could be better?" Apparently that's what Hershey's thought too, as they apparently own Bubble Yum. However, despite the potential, I had serious doubts. The verdict: I would say that it wasn't as terrible as it could have been, but it wasn't as great as it could have been either. I likely wouldn't buy it again, but as a gum addict I have to buy all new flavors. Plus, it was a fun topic of conversation for the office.

For the record, I've been at my job almost a week and I still like it. I think I'm going to try a later schedule next week to see if I like that better, but overall things are going pretty well. Plus my old job wants me back to consult at $100/hour, and I can really use the money, so I agreed to one Saturday per month for the next three months.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Day 2, So Far So Good

Well, I've survived the first two days of my new job. And best of all, I don't hate it yet, although I was freaking out a bit today when we had this long meeting that gave me a headache. It's just hard being new and not knowing anything. These people have worked together for years and know everything. Which, in the long run, will help me. Everyone seems really cool, they laugh a lot there, which is something I'm definitely not used to. Apparently my boss is really hands-off, and doesn't supervise much at all. My first day, I went to lunch at A La Lucia, owned by a former employee of Galileo. It was pretty decent, but I should have gotten something more exciting than what I did. I guess that means I'll have to go back. Today I had a fun outing to Staples, where I got over $300 worth of office supplies, including this cool, comfy new chair. Tomorrow, I get to wear jeans and leave the office early, since we close at 3 on Fridays. How fun is that? I must say I'm also loving the 20 minute commute through back streets of Alexandria. Overall, a good initial experience all around.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy 2007

Well, hopefully it will be a good year. It's been quite the drama-filled end of 2006, with a trip to New York Thurs-Sat. for my grandmother's viewing and funeral. There was the usual family b.s. to deal with, traffic coming and going, and excessive money spent on a hotel. Ironically, for Christmas my grandparents had given me just about the exact amount of money that it cost to stay in the hotel, so I guess that was timely. My grandfather is actually holding up ok.

New Year's Eve was fun. Jeffro and I went to the Old Dominion Boat Club's annual party where local band, Harmless Prank, played. They were excellent and played a great selection of songs. After the festivities, the Boat Club served their awesome breakfast, with killer biscuits, eggs, sausage, and hash browns. It's like going to Denny's after a night of partying.

Since we didn't get home until really late, and I sadly cannot stay up late any more, today we spent most of the day just sacked out on the couch watching movies, which was actually great. Tomorrow I'm supposed to have the day off due to Ford's funeral in DC, but since it was supposed to have been my last day of work, and since I haven't even taken my personal things from my desk, I have to go in by myself and get things wrapped up. It kind of sucks that I won't get to say goodbye to my coworkers, but that's life. I'm not putting off my start date (Weds) yet again, since I already had to delay it by a day. I'll just have to leave them an email. This has definitely been the weirdest couple of weeks and I'll be glad to put all this behind me.

As a PS on the "Let There Be Peace on Earth" song mentioned in my last post, my aunt had chosen it as the recessional hymn for the funeral service. I had never told her about my experience on Christmas, so that was quite a coincidence.